CCGs could be saddled with inherited debts27th February 2013
A warning has been issued to the new clinical commissioning groups that they may be burdened with inherited debts.
The CCGs have been alerted to the fact by its representative group NHS Clinical Commissioners which fears they are at risk of being "saddled with inherited debt" when they take on their new powers as a result of an onslaught of retrospective claims for NHS continuing healthcare funding.
The alert comes as the Department of Health revealed that primary care trusts had so far received around 60,000 backdated requests for continuing care funding in 2012/13.
The requests come after a final deadline of September 30 last year was set by the department for anyone wishing to claim back the costs of care received between 2004/05 and 2010/11.
Julie Wood, commissioning development director for NHS Clinical Commissioners, said the issuing facing CCGs was that they could be saddled with debts that they could not quantify or did not have additional resource for.
She added said that her group expected the Department of Health and the NHS Commissioning Board to step in and "send a strong message to PCTs" requiring them to do all possible to assess the liability for continuing healthcare and make provision for this within their 2012/13 accounts.
"CCGs must not be hamstrung by a contingent liability which is imposed on them just as they are to start delivering for their patients and populations," she said.
The department said it was still looking at the financial management implications and what happens after the transition to CCGs.
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Title: CCGs could be saddled with inherited debts
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 23814
Date Added: 27th Feb 2013